24 June 2017
By Tom Collins
14 punctures, 3 sets of tyres and 4 chains later Nick Simon will complete a 10,000-mile cycle, that took him across Africa in 2016 and now the length of Ireland and the UK in 2017.
Adventure cyclist Nick Simon will be completing a 10,000 mile cycle this summer in aid of Christian Aid projects in Africa. Having already completed a staggering 8,000 miles which took him from Cairo to Cape Town in 2016, Nick will be completing the last leg of his cycle from Cork to Camden Town this summer. The Very Revd Nigel Dunne (Church of Ireland Dean of Cork) will see Nick off on his adventure, after the 11.15am Choral Eucharist this Sunday (25th June) at 12.15 noon from St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Nick hopes to reach his target of UK £80k before reaching the well-known London borough on 7th October 2017
Not only is he cycling the 2000 miles that will take Nick across Ireland and Britain he will also climb the 5 highest peaks along his travels. 5 highest peaks across 5 nations starting in Kerry; Carrantuohill Mountain, Slieve Donard Mountain, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon 3,560.
Speaking about his journey so far Nick said; “It was a big challenge but a privilege to cycle 8,000 miles independently through Africa for Christian Aid in 2016. The CtCT Challenge took me through 11 countries from Cairo in Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The aim was to raise funds to reduce extreme poverty. Christian Aid works to reduce extreme poverty and social injustice and supports people of all faiths and none. Its work is carried out through partner organisations in countries where people are supported to move a few steps out of extreme poverty into a situation where they can move forward independently. As I travelled through Africa, I met with 16 of the charity’s partners working in a broad range of areas. ”